Meet Vega Sicilia’s Hungarian Cousin
The Tokaj wine region is best known for its world-class dessert wines – but that’s only half the story. Led by Furmint, Tokaj’s dry wines are quickly gaining recognition and respect beyond Hungary’s borders.
I had the pleasure of tasting a dry Furmint recently: the classy Oremus Tokaji Dry Mandolas 2016. The historic Oremusvineyard has been under Vega Sicilia (swoon!) ownership since 1993 and has been producing a high-quality oak-aged dry wine from the Furmint grape.
I thought this wine was a spectacularly elegant and easy sipper. On the nose, you’ll find notes of vanilla, apple, white flowers and even a bit of brioche and wet pebbles. On the palate, it’s a clean, zesty wine with a rich, round and surprisingly long finish. It has oodles of bright acidity and mouthwatering hints of citrus and stone fruit.
Dream pairing: peel-and-eat lemon butter shrimp. Or a scallop risotto. Or a rich piece of goat cheese. Or all of the above. What’s yours? Grab a bottle and let me know. Cheers!